Oban man admits intending to steal

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A 39-year-old Oban man has admitted to being in a work yard with the intent to commit theft.

William McConnell, of 4 Flada Road, Oban, admitted to being in the curtilage without lawful authority when he appeared in Oban Sheriff Court on Wednesday June 5.

Procurator fiscal Eoin McGinty said the gates were locked on June 3 and when staff returned to work on June 4, they noted that a number of items had been moved.

Video footage showed a male looking around the yard, looking in vehicles,  trying door handles and moving various items around. After viewing the footage, police officers identified the male.

Officers came across the accused wearing the same clothes the next day and he was arrested.

‘It was noted that he was under the influence of drugs,’ Mr McGinty added. ‘While in police custody, his condition worsened and he was transferred to Oban hospital.’

McConnell’s solicitor said his client was under the influence of alcohol having been at a party and that he had lost his keys and was in the yard trying to find shelter. It was later revealed he had taken benzodiazepine.

Sheriff Hughes deferred sentencing until June 19.